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The Manic Street Preachers revealed plans this week for a special concert in 2012 billed as an alternative to the Diamond Royal Jubilee.

Manics fans will be dusting off their music t-shirts for the gig, which gives the lie to claims that the Welsh band were planning to take next year off. Bassist Nicky Wire said that they are playing the gig in order to give people who wish to avoid the Queen’s 60th anniversary celebrations something else to do.

With their plans for an alternative “anti-celebration,” the Manic Street Preachers are following in the footsteps of punk pioneers The Sex Pistols, who released their single ‘God Save the Queen’ in May 1979 only a month before the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The controversy surrounding the track – and its iconic artwork, seen since on many music t-shirts, led to the number one single being banned by an affronted BBC.

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